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Monkton

Posted on March 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONKTON — After lively discussion over several articles, Monkton residents passed as proposed all articles that were voted on the floor of town meeting Saturday morning. This is Monkton’s second year holding town meeting on Saturday, with voting for town officers and the school budgets taking place by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day.

Citizens approved $1,398,132 in overall town spending, including:

•  $887,716 for highway expenses.

•  $320,265 for salaries and general expenses.

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Monkton

Posted on March 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONKTON — Monkton residents will assemble for the annual town meeting this Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. at Monkton Central School to vote on nine town and five school articles.

Total proposed municipal spending is $1,398,131, which is up 11.8 percent ($147,938) from last year. Without the $60,000 for the Tax Stabilization Fund (new to this article), the grand total would be up only 7 percent ($87,938).

Residents will be voting on the $1.4 million municipal spending figure. The selectboard broke out spending thus:

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No contested races on Monkton ballot

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — Monkton residents looking ahead to March town meeting will be encouraged to know that a familiar face will be back at the helm.

Ken Wheeling, Monkton town moderator for 40 years before missing the 2016 meeting, will return to the front of the Monkton Central School gym to lead the meeting.

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ANESU to hold developmental screenings on March 15

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The Early Education Program of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANESU) will hold its developmental screenings on Wednesday, March 15, 1-4:30 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity to play in an early childhood classroom using art materials, blocks, puzzles and imaginative play materials.  Parents can share information about their child and learn more about their child’s communication, social, play and motor skills.

The screening is free and will take about one hour.

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Doyle's bedtime book brings Vermont farming to life

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Last Resort Farm’s Eugenie Doyle has been farming for over three decades and writing poems, essays and stories for almost as many years. Her latest work, the award-winning picture book “Sleep Tight Farm,” celebrates the farming life.

Best read, as the Monkton resident suggests, snuggled up with a little kid as a bedtime book, “Sleep Tight Farm” is a paean to the enduring rhythms of work and season that keep people rooted in the Green Mountain State.

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Five-town school spending proposals could raise taxes

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — School boards around the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union are ready to warn spending plans for the district’s five elementary schools.

When five-town voters cast ballots on Town Meeting Day they will be considering budgets that lower proposed spending at each of the schools but see small increases in the amount to be raised by taxes.

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Mount Abe plans for repairs to building: $1 million slated for facility upkeep

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Next month Bristol-area residents will vote on a proposed Mount Abraham Union High School budget that lowers overall spending but adds $1 million earmarked for repairs to the 48-year-old building.

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Vermont Folk Rocker chairs to be raffled for arts benefit

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — 5-Town Friends of the Arts is selling raffle tickets for a beautiful Vermont Folk Rocker created by Jim Geier to raise money to support art and cultural programs for children throughout Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro. 5-TFA offers applicants the opportunity to apply for community grants twice annually.

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New committee charged with determining cost of Mount Abe repairs

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will again be asked to take a hard look at renovating the 48-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility, including possibly with funds from a bond.

“It’s really about planning and fiscal responsibility,” ANeSU Superintendent Patrick Reen said at a Mount Abe school board meeting Tuesday.

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Wildlife rehabilitator helps raptors — and others — return to the wild

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Helena Nicolay wears leather gloves and a “ratty, old jacket” as she walks up to a barred owl. She moves silently, slowly, deliberately — averting her eyes so as to not present herself as a fellow predator. She holds out a sliver of beef heart at the end of a shorter-than-most-of-us-might-feel-safe-with pair of metal tongs.

The owl snaps up the meat and devours it.

Nicolay offers a little bit more. And a little bit more. The owl eats hungrily, then tilts its head.

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